|Posted by Angela Diaz on November 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM|
Looking for ways to have a good time with the family and keep spending to a minimal, I'm always on the lookout for local happenings that appeal to my frugal budget.
Last weekend I took the children to a free harvest festival. They had a wonderful time playing games, eating, bouncing in bouncy houses, and other activities...totally free! At the harvest festival was a small petting zoo area and Eastland Alpacas had a few of their alpacas available for us to pet and cuddle with. I picked up one of their brochures and a flyer saying they're having an open house event at their farm the following weekend. What?! Two cool AND free events two weekends in a row?! Yes Please!
We went to the open house at Eastland Alpacas in Mount Joy, PA yesterday . It's only about a half hour from where we live. I tell you what, Eastland Alpacas know how to put together an event! It was so much more than we thought it would be. Our only expectation was to be able to touch some soft and adorable alpacas. We got there and were greeting with such wonderful hospitality. They had a barrel ride, hay ride, a balloon twister, alpaca educational presentations, alpacas demonstrating their skill on an obstacle course, a large enclosure to feed alpacas and another large enclosure to lead alpacas. They even had their farm store open where visitors can purchase a variety of alpaca products. They had everything from yarn, to sweaters, to stuffed animals.
What I liked the most was that the lines for the various activites were non-existant. We walked right to the alpaca leading enclosure and were promptly given an alpaca on a lead to walk with. We were even told the name of the Alpaca we were given. I had Mocha and walking her was so much fun. Here's a selfie I took with her:
Doesn't she have a beautiful llama face? She was such a sweetheart! I loved her! What surprised me the most was that my teenage daughter was having a great time. She wants to visit this farm again. Anyone with both teenagers and young children know how difficult it is to keep both age groups happy with one event.
Even my five-year-old was given a small alpaca to lead:
Alpaca with an afro! What can be cuter?
I joined my kids on the tractor-pulled barrel ride.
Thank you Eastland Alpacas for a wonderfully-planned event. We are absolutely, positively planning to visit again.